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Justices reject B&B owner who denied room to gay couple

The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Hawaii bed and breakfast that wouldn’t rent a room to a lesbian couple, The Washington Post reported.

Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges on Tuesday in their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

In a case that has had more plot twists than the “Empire” TV drama, an emergency court hearing was held in Chicago on March 26, after which Smollett’s attorneys announced that “his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”

Smollett reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime attack on Jan. 29. On Feb. 21, he was charged with disorderly conduct and for lying to the police, who alleged he had lied about the assault. Smollett was charged on March 8 with 16 felony counts of lying to police, one count for each time he told his story. He was held on $100,000 bail, the amount usually set for manslaughter.

He’s being called the newest rising star in the ever-growing Democratic field of candidates.

But what makes Pete Buttigieg unique?

It’s not just that he is an Afghanistan war veteran, Rhodes Scholar or mayor of South Bend, Ind. Those are great things, but other people have done them.

Buttigieg, 37, is also the country’s first openly gay Democratic candidate for president.

Judge grants transgender teen’s name change

An Ohio judge has reversed his earlier denial of a transgender 15-year-old’s legal name change and is allowing that change, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Warren County Probate Judge Joseph Kirby ruled March 12 that the name change “is in the best interest of the child.”

President Donald Trump will soon be getting most, but not all, of what he wanted in the fight against transgender members serving in the United States Armed Forces.

After April 12, no one being treated for gender dysphoria will be able to enlist, and those serving can only continue if they don’t get trans-affirming medical care and serve in the gender they were assigned at birth.

A new study shows proposed changes by the Trump administration to Medicare Part D would have a significantly negative impact on people living with HIV and on the healthcare system, including 7,200 additional deaths, 6,750 new HIV infections and $1.08 billion more than is currently allocated.

A grand jury indicted Jussie Smollett on March 8 on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. He was charged for each time he told the story of being attacked by two men on Jan. 29 in an alleged hate crime.

Smollett stands by his story and has engaged high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to represent him since his arrest on Feb. 20, when he was charged with one count of disorderly conduct in the case.

The Equality Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 13 by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Jeff Merkely (D-OR).

Cicilline, who has served in the House since 2011, was the first openly gay mayor of a state capital and is a co-chair of the Equality Caucus.

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